Kent Schools: New school closure reporting service
We've had an amail from the Kent Messenger Group saying that they're changing their school closure reporting service shortly.
The existing one is pretty useful as it's online, and you can report opening as well as closing. It's already far less fuss to get the school's status announced on KMFM than BBC Radio Kent or Heart who both have telephone systems that are engaged for long periods in bad weather.
The new KM system is here: Kent School Closures - system
The big changes are:
- every school sets up its own account instead of using a common password
- parents can register with the site specifying which school(s) they are interested in and opt to be emailed or sent an SMS message regarding any change of status of any of their schools
The SMS messages have to be paid for through the site and I haven't checked the cost, emails are free. I thought this is particularly useful for schools that don't have an SMS or parentmail system.
It looks like most state schools in our area are registered, but not many of the private ones.